Vanessa Donhowe-Mason

Vanessa has written 12 articles for Nouse

Controversial ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy remains

Hopes for a landmark ending of the US military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy were dashed on Wednesday, when the Court of Appeals allowed the Pentagon to continue enforcing the policy

Controversy rages over ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

As the ninth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, people all over America are gearing up for a show of solidarity

Violence in Kyrgyzstan leaves hundreds dead

UN Officials have suggested that a million people were caught up in the ethnic riots and fighting between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan

Political Edge

Free Schools? I’m sceptical

Tea Party candidate wins primary

LAST WEEK, Rand Paul, an outsider candidate with little experience, won the Kentucky Republican senate primary against the establishment favourite Trey Greyson

State of Arizona passes draconian immigration bill

The state of Arizona made the headlines last week when it signed into law a highly contentious bill intended to crackdown on illegal immigrants

Belgium on the verge of banning burqas

Belgium looks poised to become the first country in Europe to ban items of clothing, include the burka and the niqab, which hides identity in public spaces. The Bill was passed easily in the lower house and may become law as early as next month

The rise of the independent candidate

2010 may be a year that sees an unprecedented number of independent candidates elected

Sudan’s landmark elections fail to meet international standards

In a historic step, Sudan has conducted its first multi-party election in 24 years

India to reserve one third of legislative seats for women

The Rajya Sabha, India’s upper house of Parliament, has passed a bill to reserve one third of legislative seats for women

Mystery surrounding murder of Hamas leader deepens

The story of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh’s murder did not gain media attention until last week, when the Dubai police revealed that forged European passports had been used by the suspects

Democrats lose key senate seat in Massachusetts

Republican candidate Scott P. Brown has pulled off a shock victory in the Massachusetts Senate Election